Tim Hudson close to 3-year deal with Braves

ATLANTA (AP) — Pitcher Tim Hudson and the Atlanta Braves are nearing agreement on a three-year contract.

Atlanta holds a $12 million option on the 34-year-old right-hander, who was 2-1 with a 3.61 ERA in seven starts this season after his return from elbow ligament-replacement surgery.

Hudson’s agent, Paul Cohen, said the sides are getting closer to a deal but that no agreement has been finalized.

APTV 11-05-09 1334PST